Baker University has scheduled several events in observance of the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' first voyage across the Atlantic Ocean.
"Seeds of Change," a display of artifacts symbolizing interaction between the Old and New Worlds, will be on display weekdays in the lobby of Rice Auditorium through Oct. 14. It presents a new approach to studying history by examing five "seeds" that helped shape the modern world: corn, potatoes, sugar, the horse and disease.
The display is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and circulated by the Kansas Humanities Council. It is based on a major exhibition at the Smithosian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
A "Salute to Christopher Columbus" exhibit will be on display through Oct. 14 in the Quayle Bible and Rare Book Collection, located in the Spencer Wing of the Collins Library.
During university worship at 11 a.m. Oct. 8 in McKibbin Recital Hall, the Rev. Ira DeSpain, Baker minister, will present a portion of a speech delivered by Chief Seattle in 1854, "If We Sell You Our Land, Will You Love It?"
Daniel Wildcat, chairman of the natural and social sciences at Haskell Indian Junior College, will present a lecture, "The Columbian Legacy: What Will Happen After 1992?" at 11 a.m. Oct. 13 in the Audio-Visual Room of the Owens Musical Arts Building.
John English, Baker history professor, is coordinating the commemoration. All events are open to the public and free of charge.